Appenzell Mountain dog

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Appenzell Mountain dog
Appenzell Mountain dog
FCI Standard No. 46
Origin :


Alternative names:

Appenzeller dog, Appezöller Bläss

Withers height:

Male : 52–56 cm.
Bitch: 50–54 cm


Not fixed

List of domestic dogs

The Appenzeller Sennenhund is a dog breed recognized by the FCI ( FCI Group 2, Section 3, Standard No. 46 ).

Mountain dog breeds

There are four different breeds of Swiss Mountain Dogs (sorted according to size, starting with the largest and heaviest breed):

Origin and history

The Appenzeller Sennenhund is one of the farm dogs. The dogs have developed together with the local peasant economy and have become for (and through) the Swiss farmers and shepherds what they are today: they are good keepers and drivers of the cattle and also well suited as guards. The farmers in Appenzellerland and the surrounding mountain cantons still consider their dogs from the point of view of usability and breed less for breed-related beauty.


The well-proportioned dog has a stick-haired , black coat with symmetrical brown and white markings. The coat is very easy to care for. A havana brown basic color of the fur is also allowed. The males can be 52 cm to 56 cm tall, the bitches between 50 cm and 54 cm. The standard does not specify itself with regard to weight. The tail of the Appenzeller Sennenhund is curled and is also known as a post horn .


The Appenzeller Sennenhund is suitable for herding and driving ( cattle ), knows every animal in its herd and is therefore similar to its relative, the Entlebucher Sennenhund. This energetic and nimble acting dog can also round up a large number of scattered animals in large areas. He is weather-resistant, intelligent and vigilant - making him a good guardian and also suitable as an avalanche dog.

In recent times, the Appenzell Mountain Dogs have been increasingly trained and used as guide dogs for the blind , with great success .

Essence and attitude

The Appenzeller Sennenhund likes to move around and needs adequate activity. Mostly he shows himself to be very social towards people as well as other dogs. As an attentive guard, the Appenzeller Sennenhund likes to bark loudly, but it is not the usual "yapler". Its bright organ is distinctive for its breed. He has a good grasp of things, is very willing and able to learn and quickly becomes obedient with a good upbringing. The upbringing of the Appenzeller is comparably uncomplicated because of his good empathy with the facial expressions and gestures of his caregivers; Stringency is very beneficial.


  • Max Mäder: The Appenzell Mountain Dog. 3. Edition. Schläpfer, Trogen 1985, ISBN 3-85882-012-1 .
  • Yvonne Steiner: The Appenzell Mountain Dog. 4th, completely revised edition. Appenzeller-Verlag, Herisau 2011, ISBN 978-3-85882-236-9 .

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